prog·ress (prŏgrĕs′, -rəs, prōgrĕs′)
1. Forward or onward movement, as toward a destination: We made little progress on our way home because of the traffic.
2. Development, advancement, or improvement, as toward a goal: The math students have shown great progress.
3. A ceremonial journey made by a sovereign through that sovereign's realm.
intr.v. pro·gress (prə-grĕs) pro·gressed, pro·gress·ing, pro·gress·esIdiom:
1. To move forward or onward: The ship progressed toward the equator.
2. To develop, advance, or improve: Research progressed on the new vaccine.
3. To increase in scope or severity, as a disease taking an unfavorable course.
Going on; under way: a work in progress.
[Middle English progresse, from Latin prōgressus, from past participle of prōgredī, to advance : prō-, forward; see PRO-1 + gradī, to go, walk; see ghredh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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